Sparkle Punch Quilt-Along ~ Oh, Fransson!

I’m joining in on Elizabeth’s (Oh, Fransson!) Sparkle Punch Quilt-along.

Posts will appear over a 5 week period without a specific timeline on completion…just a tutorial on how to make the quilt.

This is Elizabeth’s quilt up on her design wall…(posted on her blog 14 Dec 11: Sparkle Punch Quilt Piecing)

She had ask what material we were going to use…and I was thinking Camille Roskelley’s RUBY or Kate Spain’s TERRAIN. But was going through my stash last night and pulled out these instead.

1930’s Reproductions!

Time to Frolic with my Fabric!


More or less am settled into the new house…my hands/wrists are starting to calm down…got my Singer 301 back from Windy Moon Quilts all serviced and ready to go!

I am ITCHING to play with my fabric!

Over on Aneela Hoey’s blog Comfort Stitching I spied TRIANGLES! I have a complete FQ bundle of her Sherbet Pips and thought I could make a triangle quilt out of that line…but decided it’s too ‘pastel-y’ (not as bright as her Little Apples line…which is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!). So I put those down…will have to ponder a bit more on what type of quilt to make with the Sherbet Pips.

I then looked in my stash and pulled out the FQ bundle I had of Sandy Gervais ~ Frolic. This will make an awesome Autumn/Fall triangle quilt. I can get three (3) 5.25″ strips from a FQ…and five 5.25″ triangles from each strip. I’m halfway through cutting.

Finished ‘All Patched Up’ Quilt ~ Moda Cotton Blossoms & Cluck.Cluck.Sew.

I just pulled out my All Patched Up quilt from the dryer! I’m nice and toasty at the moment. 🙂 This is going to be my couch snuggler.

I bought the pattern from Allison of Cluck.Cluck.Sew….you can find her patterns here. It’s a fun quilt to make, even though I couldn’t match up blocks after cutting them into quarters and making them whole again! But that was my fault for changing feet in the middle of this quilt, I was off on the 1/4″ seam. 🙂 I like the raw edges around the circles…instant comfort look.

I used Cotton Blossoms by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. LOVE this line of fabric! I had two cakes and used almost both cakes for the top.

My Ocean Quilt ~ Half Square Triangles

Still not sure which way my Ocean quilt will ebb to…(I know, I know)…It’ll come to me sooner or later.

I really need to get my design wall up! Last night, in a pinch, I taped up some flannel I had.

Here are two ideas that I was playing with using the few pieces that I sewed yesterday evening while listening to Monday Night Football (FALL IS COMING!!! FALL IS COMING!!!).

I think I’m leaning towards the design in the first picture.

I’m just making a huge amount of half square triangles…taking 6″ squares, drawing a line down the middle of one, then sewing a 1/4″ seam down both sides of the line. Cut down the middle, press, and you have two 1/2 square triangles. Luckily a 1/4″ is right down the middle of the left side of the Janome’s walking foot!

Leo keeping me company while I sewed.

New Quilt in the Making…

It’s been a long hot summer…and it’s only mid August! UGH! I moved in July. Had a melt-down at work sometime before that….but I think that is happening about every other month now. Let’s just say I’ve been out of sorts lately.

But all will be well soon!

Yesterday I cut out 6″ squares out of at least 23 different fabrics in 1/4, 1/3, and 1/2 yards…also lots of white on white 6″ squares.

I cleaned my Janome’s bobbin area; put in a new needle; wound 4 bobbins of the thread I’ll be using; marked lines down the diagonal of the white squares!

I’m ready to start sewing tonight after I get off of work!

Found My Sewing Machine…finally!

Finally was able to find all the parts to my sewing machine and sewing accesories…foot pedal, thread, light, iron and ironing board. Yesterday I had unpacked all of my fabric. Today I made something simple…curtains for the kitchen door and window.

Here’s a picture of the kitchen…facing north. The house was built in 1950…has green tile around the cast iron enamelled sink.

Here it is with a valance curtain…because I wanted the stripes to be vertical, the valance just fitted across the window, no scrunches. 😦 Oh well.

The kitchen door curtains…

Just for an owie factor…thought I’d show you what the rail in this photo did to the area above my left ankle. Just for your information, the rail won…I will have a divot in my leg from now on.

Sorta a before (left side) and after (right side) picture of the bruise…it’s dying down in color now, I should have taken a picture when it was bigger and more purple!

Weekend Rambles…

Just some rambles of things I did and saw over the long holiday weekend (that included a state furlough day).

First off…even though I have yet to organize my sewing room, I went to Windy Moon Quilts to pet some fabric and left with some fat quarters and a jelly roll in Moda’s Au*then*tic fabric line designed by Sweetwater. It’s really cute. I NEED to go back and get more or the newsprint fat quarters. 🙂

Lookie who I spotted in my back yard! A Rufus-sided Towhee! I just love them…so far in my new yard I’ve had quail, doves, sparrows, finches, robins, towhees, mockingbird, and juncos.

I have a new edition to my Irish Belleek collection…a harp! It has the Third Green (or Sixth) Mark and dates from 1965-1981. So pretty!

Yesterday’s sunrise from my kitchen window…

Lucy and Leo snuggling down.